Be Brave, Be Kind, Have Fun

We had the MOST fun summer. We traveled, played, did camps, played, relaxed, played… But there DOES come a point when the walls seem to start closing in and suddenly everyone’s over everyone and for us that literally happens the week before school starts....

Summer Vacation

It’s day 6 of our 11 day vacation. We’ve traveled far in just about every mode of transportation I can think of. We’ve eaten well, slept in, done just the perfect amount of ‘touristy’ things, fought, laughed hard, lived in pj’s and...

Levi Paul turns 2

This boy. Where do I begin? Hi smile. It starts there. His smile puts a spell on you…I’m pretty sure there’s 3 dimples there but I can’t be positive because I can’t stop staring at his eyes. They’re dark as night but somehow they...

Fun in the Sun

Have you heard of Park Hill Design? I remember the first time I laid eyes on Meridythe’s work at a market. If I remember correctly, my jaw hung open the entire time I combed through the racks looking at the most beautiful and unique children’s clothing...

Jack Dillon turns 7

He loves green olives, and dried seaweed…but can’t stand bacon. He plays and fights with equal passion with his big sister and little brother. And the littlest brother? He can do no wrong. He’s got Jack wrapped around his little finger… He...

To Rise

Dear Grace, You turned 9 this past weekend. That, apparently, qualifies you as a tween (shaking my head in disbelief). There’s certainly that ever present parental sadness that the time goes by so quickly, but I can honestly say I love every stage of motherhood...

Finding your Vision

I pray often for vision.  I boldly pray for a miracle for Jared’s vision (he has lost most of it to a degenerative eye disease) but I also pray for a more metaphorical vision for my own life and the purpose of my photography. As a photographer I’ve already...

Levi Paul Turns One

He’s a happy baby. He’s a Momma’s boy. He’s into EVERYthing (and clearly has a Faris appetite) And this past Sunday, this sweet, sweet boy turned one. Le sigh. We call him bear.  Sometimes bear bear. Sooooo… His pudgy hands. Sister...

You Got This Buddy

    As a second grader, she’s an old pro. The 1st day of the 1st week of school started by taking this sweet girl to her bus stop. She posed with her friends…   Climbed on the bus and off she went. (Don’t ask what could possibly be weighing down her...

His Own Story

Knowing that the pain is indescribable. Knowing it’s a marathon that no training can prepare you for. Knowing that there’s always at least one fearful moment. Knowing that ‘birth plan’ is an oxymoron. Somehow, despite knowing all of this, I...

Lord, Protect My Child

I was going to do this self portrait session yesterday, but I didn’t feel good. I was utterly exhausted and had zero motivation.  I just felt…yuck. Last week I found out this baby boy was breech. And I’ve been in a funk ever since. I know it’s...